Good points: Eastman House, Susan B. Anthony House, RMSC, easy commute except in winter, festivals from January to December, excellent suburban schools, relatively low cost of living. Negative points: Winters can be a nightmare b/c no one closes down until the blizzard's in full force, concentrated poverty, violent crime in the city, ungovernable central school district, inept, corrupt and clueless political and civic leaders, lack of good jobs, crumbling infrastructure.
Central Office has tied the hands of the principals and staff. Everyone is afraid to suspend and while suspension is not the answer, there is virtually no learning happening for anyone at all because in many schools the kids own the adults.
The long-term solution involves real communication, consistency, higher expectations, better instruction and lots of other things but these can all be addressed and corrected within the RC SD. Expecting the community to come up with solutions is silly. If thousands of educators and parents can't fix it-why would others be able to?
The short-term fix is to take a Joe Clark approach. You need to identify and remove the 10% that are causing 90% of the problems. This is a crises and in a crises leaders identify and deal with the cause of the chaos. They do not throw everyone in one big room while the building burns.
The city schools will never be saved as long as the power that controls them remains so entrenched and the foundations of this power remain. If Vargas was serious about colleges "owning" schools he would be promoting charter take-overs of some kind. He is really advocating for college operation and this outsourcing approach will do more harm than good. You don't fix a car with an engine problem by allowing a doll-up specialist to work on the paint or the tire trim. Mechanics need to take it apart and put it back together. Central office and the unions would never allow for this.
Colleges do not want to get their hands covered with oil and grease. They do not want to take real ownership and there is no evidence they can do any better. This is just a ploy.
The power needs to go back into the schools, the classrooms and the living rooms.
The face of Public Safety in Rochester is still the police Chief James Sheppard as it should be. Who ever is looking for accountability should go find him.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but, Lovely is not the mayor YET! That being said, she can't make any appointments in the current police department. She can't demand that anybody in the RPD take a more public role. Isn't Sheppard still the police chief? It's his job to make those type of decisions. He has to carry out his duties until the end of the year. According to you, Mayor Richards is still doing his mayoral duties (i.e. implementing programs and cutting ribbons). Why can't Sheppard continue to do his job until the end of the year?
I'm sorry, Chris, but I have to disagree. If anyone thinks things are unraveling NOW then they haven't been paying attention. My two cents.
I recently graduated from Thomas Jefferson high school.
One of the main problems I have came a crossed over the years was that many students does not have the courage to put effort into school seriously. I believe that the main majority of the problem is the students because, when the students fail exams or classes it affects teachers alot more than the student would expect. There should be a change in the RCSD without the Community getting involved their wouldn't be an opportunity.
Last year I attended a surprise birthday party, that turned into a surprise engagement and Wedding, what and idea, all the guest were blown away and very nervous that the bride may be too shocked to say yes. In the end it was a complete hit and I will never forget that night. Just AMAZING!
I hope you have time to see the spaces Rochester Pillars has to offer and better yet have an event here, you will never Forget.
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New York State bases its child care funding support for counties based on the need (Rochester has 7th worst child poverty in the entire nation), and on demonstrated local commitment. Monroe County failed to do any lobbying whatsoever on child care subsidies in the 2013 legislative session, left $400,000 of state funds for child care unspent in 2012, and was cut $725,000 by the State as a result. Meanwhile, Monroe County kids lose out when the County cuts even more from its budget next year and fails to take responsibility and shift the blame.
How about bringing Student Support Centers back??? You know, to help address some of the underlying causes of student behavior? SMH
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